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Using Commas in Dates and Series Sorting Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
PDF | 7 pages | Grades: 1 - 3

Practice correct comma placement in dates and series with a sorting activity.

Sort out Comma Rules with Sorts!

This sorting activity will teach first, second, and third-grade students about standard comma rules. Each card displays a sentence using commas correctly or incorrectly. Students sort the cards into correct and incorrect groups using the sorting mats.

Simply place the sorting materials in a center or small group, and set your students to work.

Through this activity, students will show the ability to edit and correct errors in comma placement. Comma rules featured in this set include

  • Commas in a Series
  • Commas in dates.

If you are looking for comma activities for first grade or comma lessons for second grade, this set of task cards is just what you need to bring some novelty into your classroom.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your writing lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this resource to enhance learning through guided writing groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need help understanding the concepts by providing access to previous assignments or notes.

Provide students with posters or anchor charts for students to reference during the activity.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

Challenge your students to create their own task cards or assessments on index cards or sticky notes.

👋 Exit Ticket

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on paper, sticky notes, or a notebook. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the color or blackline version of this resource.

A recording sheet and answer key are included with this download. 

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in each corner to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  


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